Quotation Thielemann, Nadine. 2019. Constructional patterns emerging in talk-in-interaction - Some observations of the grammar of govorit' in colloquial Russian. In: Urban Voices. Studies in the Sociolinguistics, Grammar and Pragmatics of Spoken Russian. Hrsg. Thielemann, Nadine/Richter, Nicole, 63-90. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang.


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The paper adopts a usage-based perspective on the grammar of Russian talk-ininteraction and analyzes specific patterns relying on govorit’ (‘to say’) in the ORD corpus. Combining ideas from Construction Grammar and Interactional Linguistics, we determine and analyze patterns which meet recurrent communicative needs and which are associated with specific usage contexts in terms of constructions. The focus is on constructions with govorit’ (‘to say’) which indicate a shift of footing (Goffman). Shifting the footing covers various ways in which speakers detach themselves from their utterances and manipulate the degree of responsibility for their talk. In doing so, we pursue two aims, a theoretical and a practical one. On a conceptual level, we test Construction Grammar as a framework for the analysis of linguistic patterns in talk-in-interaction. From this perspective, we scrutinize it as a grammar for the description of a spoken language. On the level of application, the analysis of the constructions in which one of the most frequent verbs in Colloquial Russian occurs reveals ongoing processes of language change. The results of this analysis nurture the argument that grammar (at least grammatical structures of talk-in-interaction) emerges from and is adapted to discourse routines. Our analysis underscores this argument in revealing the network of constructions which allow speakers to detach themselves from what they say. We can show that each construction within this network is tailored to a specific usage context.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Constructional patterns emerging in talk-in-interaction - Some observations of the grammar of govorit' in colloquial Russian
Title of whole publication Urban Voices. Studies in the Sociolinguistics, Grammar and Pragmatics of Spoken Russian.
Editor Thielemann, Nadine/Richter, Nicole
Page from 63
Page to 90
Location Frankfurt/Main
Publisher Peter Lang
Year 2019
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.3726/978-3-653-05675-4
ISBN 978-3-631-66462-9
Open Access N

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Institute for Slavic Languages IN (Details)
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5917 Communication science (Details)
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6611 Linguistics (Details)
6616 Slavonic studies (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
6634 Cognitive linguistics (Details)
6910 Rhetoric (Details)
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